Tour de France: Craddock hoping to start stage 2 following crash

Lawson Craddock (EF Education First-Drapac) crashes but finishes stage 1 at the Tour de France

EF Education First-Drapac 's Lawson Craddock battled back from a crash to finish the opening stage of the Tour de France , and hopes he can recover sufficiently to start stage 2 on Sunday. Craddock, who won the mountains classification at the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali stage race in March, finished stage 1 on Saturday in last position, 7:50 behind winner Fernando Gaviria. The American, riding his second Tour de France, crashed into a spectator when avoiding a dropped water bottle at the feed zone in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, half-way through the 201km stage from Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile to Fontenay-Le-Comte. After bravely hobbling the 100km home to the stage finish, Craddock was assessed to have sustained a small fracture of his left shoulder blade, and also required stitches to his left eyebrow, having been left covered covered in blood from the crash. "Right now, it's extremely painful," Craddock said on the EF-Drapac team ...

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Analysis: Can an American win the 2018 Amgen Tour of California?

LONG BEACH, CA (CT) — It’s the biggest bike race in the United States — but can an American rider win the Amgen Tour of California? Short answer: Sure. Maybe. Now in its 13th edition, the history of the Amgen Tour can be divided into two halves — the era dominated by American riders, and, as … The post Analysis: Can an American win the 2018 Amgen Tour of California? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Going back to Cali: Deepest field ever for 13th Amgen Tour

LONG BEACH, CA (CT) — The Golden State will see fierce race action beginning Sunday as the Amgen Tour of California hosts its most competitive field to date. Now in its 13th year — and its second as a UCI WorldTour event — the Amgen Tour has drawn deep fields for both the overall classification and field sprints, … The post Going back to Cali: Deepest field ever for 13th Amgen Tour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sivakov patiently learning the ropes at Tour de Romandie

Pavel Sivakov of Rusia and Team Sky

After an injury-hit start to his debut WorldTour season, Pavel Sivakov is finding his feet at Team Sky . The 20-year-old was forced to delay his start to racing this year due to a knee-related injury, but he quickly produced results with fourth overall at Coppi e Bartali in March, where he was also part of Sky’s winning team time trial effort. A rather more humbling performance followed at the Tour of the Basque Country, but the neo-pro has been on the front foot already this week at the Tour de Romandie. On stage 1, he marked a late move from Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal) on the final climb, before eventually finishing just a minute down on the leaders. "I had a difficult winter, with an ITB [iliotibial band – ed.] injury but I managed to start my preparation in early January. That moved things on a bit, so ...

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Lawless caps off opening part of debut season with Scheldeprijs podium

The Scheldeprijs podium: Pascal Ackermann, Fabio Jacobsen and Chris Lawless

Racing in Belgium is not for the faint of heart and after a few tumbles and a string of abandons, Chris Lawless finally found a bit of luck racing in Flanders. The Team Sky rider navigated a wet and precarious day around Schoten to take third place at Scheldeprijs . After winning the penultimate stage of Coppi e Bartali at the end of March, it is Lawless' second trip to the podium in his fledgeling professional career. "It's good to stay upright in a race in Belgium. I've had a couple of crashes, that's why it was good, and I managed to finish it off with a podium," Lawless told Cyclingnews . "If someone told me before I started that I would get a podium at Scheldeprijs in my first year, I'd have said that I'll be happy with that. I thought it would be difficult to get a win ...

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Tratnik wins the Volta Limburg Classic

Jan Tratnik wins the 2018 Volta Limburg Classic

Jan Tratnik ( CCC Sprandi ) dug deep to win the Volta Limburg Classic in the Netherlands, winning a small group sprint after being caught in the final kilometres of the race. Tratnik won the final time trial stage at the recent Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali in Italy and used his speed and pace in the rain-soaked finale. He was away with Oscar Riesebeek (Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij) in the rolling finale. However after Tratnik put his foot out to avoid crashing on a curve, Riesebeek had no where to go and flipped over a gate. Tratnik pushed on alone, was caught by the chasers but still won. More to follow. You can read more at

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SSSRSSP has gone to Italy, France, and Belgium. While the rest of the cycling world is focused on Belgium this week, we’re taking a trip to Spain and can add an extra “S” to the name. Welcome to Shawn’s Shit Small Spanish Race Shit Small Preview. Often times races named after riders have very little relation to the titular cyclist. You’ve got the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race *FN 1 (usually won by a sprinter), the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali (short stages, no climbs, and no cigarettes?) the Memorial Marco Pantani (Italian SSR sprinter territory), the Davide Rebellin Young Guns Challenge, the Bo Hamburger, Taco Van der Hoorn, and Davide Malacarne Vegan-Olympics, and the Odd Christian Eiking Totally Normal and Secular Road Race. *FN 2 The Gran Premio Miguel Indurain defies that trend. Miguel Indurain is much like his eponymous race-- not flashy, but reliably good. Big Mig ...

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Rowe, Moscon, Wisniowski in Team Sky's Dwars door Vlaanderen line-up

Luke Rowe (Team Sky)

Team Sky has named their Dwars door Vlaanderen line-up with Gianni Moscon, Luke Rowe, Lukasz Wisniowski and Chris Lawless among their seven starters for Wednesday's race. The quartet will be joined by sprinter Kristoffer Halvorsen, Jon Dibben and Ian Stannard. For Rowe, it will be his second stint on the cobbles after fearing he would miss the Classics altogether following an accident that resulted in a broken leg. He rode his first cobbled race at Nokere Koerse two weeks ago, before riding Milan-San Remo and the recent Coppi e Bartali stage race in Italy. The Welshman has defied expectations in his recovery after breaking his leg in a white water rafting incident last August. Several days after the accident, Rowe said that it was more than likely he would have to miss out the Classics, predicting that he would probably not return to racing until the middle of the season. ...

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Team of the Week: Week 5

Races of the week: Busiest week of the season so far: Two BIG cobbles races in E3 and Gent-Wevelgem One LITTLE cobbles race in Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde THREE French SSSRs in GP de Denain Porte du Hainaut, Classic Loire Atlantique, and Cholet Pays de Loire THREE Stage Races from little (Tour de Langkawi), to medium (Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali) to big (Volta Ciclista a Catalunya) Team of the week: First named rider is the rider of the week and if a rider has a number in parentheses after their name it means the number of times they have made the select Team of the Week here. I gotta say that there’s three-four riders who are in contention for Rider of the Week Naturally they all make the team. In this case I order them by total FSA-DS points they’ve earned for the year. That means....wait for it! Alejandro ...

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Rosa wins Coppi e Bartali

Diego Rosa (Team Sky) in the leader's jersey at Coppi e Bartali

Jan Tratnik (CCC Sprandi) won the finale stage 4 time trial at Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali on Sunday. He won the 12.5km course from Fiorano Modenese to Montegibbio in 19:22 beating race leader Diego Rosa (Team Sky) by 28 seconds and Victor de la Parte (Movistar) by 32 seconds. Rosa's time was enough to secure the overall title at the four-day, five-stage race beating nearest rival Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) by 20 seconds and third placed Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) by over a minute. You can read more at

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Coppi e Bartali: Lawless wins stage 3

Chris Lawless (Team Sky)

Chris Lawless (Team Sky) won stage 3 at Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali from a reduced bunch sprint in Crevalcore on Saturday. He beat Italians Paolo Toto (Sangemini-MG.Kvis) and Lorenzo Rota (Bardiani CSF). Lawless' teammate Diego Rosa was in the front group and retained his lead in the overall classification heading into the final stage on Sunday, a 12.5km time trial from Fiorano Modenese to Montegibbio. Stage 3 at Coppi e Bartali was one for the sprinters, a pan flat 171km circuit in Crevalcore. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) won the uphill finish during the previous day's stage 2, however, Rosa placed a close second and moved into the overall race lead. An early breakaway emerged included Remy Di Gregorio (Delko Marseille), Michal Paluta (CCC), Dimitri Peyskens (WB Aqua Protect), Peter Williams (One Pro Cycling) and Christofer Jurado (Trevigiani), Marco Coledan and Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia). Bardiani CSF, along ...

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Mollema wins stage 2 of Coppi e Bartali

Bauke Mollema (Trek - Segafredo)

Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) claimed his first win of the 2018 season, taking out an uphill sprint win over Team Sky's Diego Rosa on stage 2 of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali. Mollema had a strong start to the season with fourth place overall in the Volta ao Algarve, but had a bad Paris-Nice due to an infection. He was pleased to find that he had recovered his form. "I am happy with the win today, especially after the last two weeks; I was not feeling too good, my blood values were not good, and I was feeling tired all the time," Mollema said. "In Paris-Nice I could see something was off: I didn't have the right legs, and I couldn't train very hard in the last weeks. Luckily in the last couple of days, I already felt much better. "Only on Monday evening did we decide that I could ...

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News Roundup: D’hoore wins De Panne, Craddock second in Italy

D’hoore wins De Panne

Lawson Craddock rides well at Coppi e Bartali stage race. D'hoore wins WWT race at De Panne, and more injury updates. Read the full article at News Roundup: D’hoore wins De Panne, Craddock second in Italy on .

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Coppi e Bartali: Team Sky win stage 1b TTT

Team Sky

Team Sky claimed the victory in the short team time trial half-stage on the opening day of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali. The result moved Sky's Chris Lawless into third overall behind the two escapees of the morning's stage, Pascal Eenkhoorn and Lawson Craddock. Eenkhoorn's LottoNL-Jumbo team came in fourth on the stage, 11 seconds behind Sky and only one second behind Mitchelton-Scott and CCC Sprandi Polkowice. But more importantly, the Dutch team extended Eenkhoorn's lead by topping EF Education First-Drapac by 10 seconds. “I didn’t feel super strong, but I could keep up with the pace. We really went very fast," Eenkhoorn said afterwards. “In the end, there were five of us left, finishing just behind the number two and three in about the same time. It’s nice that I got some extra time bonus in the general classification because of it.” Craddock is now 12 seconds back ...

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Coppi e Bartali: Eenkhoorn wins breakaway sprint in Gatteo

Pascal Eenkhoorn is racing again after being suspended by his team

Pascal Eenkhoorn (LottoNL-Jumbo) won the opening morning stage at the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali race in Italy, beating the USA's Lawson Craddock (EF Education First-Drapac) after the duo formed the breakaway of the day during the 98.7km road race stage. Italy's Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli) beat Chris Lawless (Team Sky) to win the bunch sprint for third place but the peloton finished 1:07 behind, putting Eenkhoorn and Craddock in a strong position in the general classification of the four-day race. It was Eenkhoorn's first professional victory after joining LottoNL-Jumbo for the 2018 season. The decisive break formed after 12km, with Emil Dima (MS Tina - Focus) also in the move. The trio opened a lead of 3:30 after 60km, with Dima distanced on the second climb to Longiano that was covered three times during the stage. Eenkhoorn and Craddock were far stronger and led by 2:45 in Longiano with ...

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